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Bokeh: Weekly Photography Challenge

Earlier today we published a plain english guide to achieving nice Bokeh in your shots – so lets put the teaching into practice and make Bokeh our theme for this week’s photography challenge.

Beauty In-Focus | Explored

We want to see you grabbing your camera over the next day or two and setting out to take some wonderful shots with Bokeh in them (i.e. some lovely out of focus areas in your shots).

You can take Bokeh shots in portraits, macro work, still life, nature… really any type of photography you like – so hopefully there’s something for everyone!

Learn how to take shots with Bokeh

In addition to todays guide to shooting Bokeh check out:

Once you’ve taken and selected your best Bokeh shot upload it to your favourite photo sharing site and either share a link to it or – embed it in the comments using the our new tool to do so.

If you tag your photos on Flickr, Instagram, Twitter or other sites with Tagging tag them as #DPSBOKEH to help others find them. Linking back to this page might also help others know what you’re doing so that they can share in the fun.

Also – don’t forget to check out some of the great shots posted in our last challenge – Best Shot of 2012 challenge where there were some beautiful shots submitted.

Read more from our Tips & Tutorials category.

Darren Rowse is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals. He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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  • Bill Ritchie

    February 18, 2013 03:43 am

  • tgreene

    February 17, 2013 06:18 am

    http://i417.photobucket.com/albums/pp259/flowerfriend/Buttterflies-Hummingbirs-other%20critters/044_zps194c4645.jpg

  • HARESH

    February 11, 2013 08:53 pm

    http://www.coroflot.com/user_files/individual_files/156888_k3BVzeyG6FbiGfZTYDFrQBoLO.jpg

    http://www.coroflot.com/user_files/individual_files/156888_6DBWAv97OAAVPLtGdZVgFrRDX.jpg

  • Francis

    February 11, 2013 02:38 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/fjtg/8463039646/

  • Johnny Walsh

    February 11, 2013 02:26 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0092009/photos/johnnywalsh7/5357429656/

    http://www.flickr.com/x/t/0093009/photos/johnnywalsh7/8403503145/

    Thoughts?

  • Ken

    February 10, 2013 09:47 pm

    http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-I91ovVbCI3Y/T4vYNiCuy_I/AAAAAAAAAuQ/hNHOTXQqza4/s320/IMG_0840%5B1%5D.JPG

  • Bill Ritchie

    February 10, 2013 02:49 am

    two more

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/arthurritchie/8457760747/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/arthurritchie/8457761153/

  • Cynthia

    February 10, 2013 02:23 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/46065746@N02/8437973541/in/photostream

  • Cynthia

    February 10, 2013 02:16 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/46065746@N02/8439060248/

  • Pomelo

    February 10, 2013 12:39 am

    Took this one at the butterfly house in Key West. Its SOOC!

  • blueb3ll

    February 9, 2013 05:22 am

    Tulip - testing my ITouch

    http://500px.com/photo/25409543

  • Vanita Kataria

    February 8, 2013 03:10 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/saiyyam/6845583924/

  • wbwbrenda

    February 8, 2013 02:18 pm

    A beautiful day at Taylor Park in Largo, FL ...

    Fuji Finepix HS20EXR
    Jan. 6, 2013
    ISO 100
    Aperture f/8
    Shutter Speed 1/320 secs
    Focal Lenth 91mm

  • Bill Ritchie

    February 8, 2013 01:57 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/arthurritchie/8455123790/

  • Bill Ritchie

    February 8, 2013 01:55 pm

    Orchid Extravaganza at Longwood Gardens.

  • Jordan Blackstone

    February 8, 2013 09:23 am

    How about this one?

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=425134784225408&set=pb.403670809705139.-2207520000.1360275507&type=3&theater

  • Abigail

    February 8, 2013 08:23 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/abigailjoyphotos/8453399889/in/photostream

  • Madhukumar

    February 8, 2013 06:56 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/98795956@N00/

  • Johan Jooste

    February 8, 2013 06:29 am

    I took this portrait of an ostrich female with my Rokinon 85mm, f1.4 lens (manual focus). I love the out-of-focus bokeh background which makes the bird stand out perfectly from the background.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/johanjooste/6499757207/in/set-72157627867242029/

  • Markus Wildgruber

    February 8, 2013 06:24 am

    Here's mine:
    Sunflower: http://www.flickr.com/photos/markuswildgruber/7945102574/in/photostream

  • James Mackay

    February 8, 2013 04:32 am

    Camera: Canon EOS Rebel T3i
    Shutter Speed: 1/4000
    Aperture: f/4
    ISO: 64000
    Exposure: +5
    Date Taken: 2nd February 2013
    /Users/jimmyd/Desktop/Digital Photography School/IMG_2445.JPG

  • Mehool Intwala

    February 7, 2013 05:15 am

    Here is a photo of Kayu which I took for my nephew. The photo has Kayu on the edge with beautiful x'mas light bokehs in the background. What I also like about this pic is the composition :). I would love to hear from you what you think about this pic (critiques are most welcome)....

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=161197093982857&set=a.125569577545609.14958.125381500897750&type=3&theater

  • Kellyn

    February 5, 2013 06:55 pm

    I hope this is right!

    http://i1310.photobucket.com/albums/s641/patchworkoflove/DPS/_MG_8654_dps_zpsee8fc014.jpg

  • COLIN BOND

    February 5, 2013 06:31 pm

    holly in frost.

  • David Sargent

    February 5, 2013 02:01 pm

    Found another that shows off bokeh even more! :D

    http://davidsargent.deviantart.com/#/d5ca8pz

  • David Sargent

    February 5, 2013 01:34 pm

    I have others with great bokeh, but this is just one of my all time favorite shots that does include bokeh.

    http://500px.com/photo/24900711

  • John St. Jelly

    February 5, 2013 12:31 pm

    And here's another (because why not). It's a bit of an oldie, but I think it really fits the theme.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/deboulai/8279105396/in/photostream/

  • John St. Jelly

    February 5, 2013 12:28 pm

    Here's mine, taken through some Christmas shots in the rain:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/deboulai/8445536929/in/photostream

  • Dolores

    February 5, 2013 09:40 am

    Here's mine :)

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/doloresgonzalez/8438172469/

  • Tim S.

    February 5, 2013 08:06 am

    Perfect setting for an author portrait:

    http://smu.gs/XGjEhi

  • Michael

    February 5, 2013 07:17 am

    http://500px.com/photo/20263687

  • Rajiv

    February 5, 2013 02:25 am

    Even Bokeh can have emotions

    http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8086/8444026707_c4643d09e8_o.jpg

  • Rizki Mayendra

    February 4, 2013 11:54 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/rizki_mayendra/8444740066/in/photostream

  • davide

    February 4, 2013 11:16 pm

  • lori burrows

    February 4, 2013 09:54 pm

    http://flic.kr/p/dSdprU
    Out for a winter hike and ran across a few berries still on the branches.
    http://flic.kr/p/dS7PwV
    and some cattails

  • Stephen

    February 4, 2013 09:32 pm

    This was my first time posting to a Weekly Challenge. Since I seen images posted before this challenge start date, I tried to post mine that I had take just few days ago you dps didn't approve of it.... sad

  • gabriel

    February 4, 2013 08:39 pm

    A water drop:

    http://www.slickpic.com/s/Zu,2jDNNUUu0Ij/DPS/photo?view=3353148#3353148

  • Ram

    February 4, 2013 07:27 pm

    Christmas Lights

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tweetram/8262599702/

  • Rajesh Chowdary

    February 4, 2013 06:13 pm

  • Omair Aslam

    February 4, 2013 05:39 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/omairaslam/8211001236/in/photostream/

  • Graeme

    February 4, 2013 04:45 pm

  • Glen Roebuck

    February 4, 2013 01:13 pm

    http://500px.com/photo/8687351

  • Kashfia

    February 4, 2013 01:10 pm

    New to photography so I was very excited to try out a bokeh shot. Here it is: http://www.flickr.com/photos/89432555@N04/8442479541/in/photostream

  • Shannon

    February 4, 2013 09:58 am

    http://fhotofan.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/dsc_0093.jpg

    http://fhotofan.files.wordpress.com/2013/02/dsc_0014.jpg

    My gorgeous friend Katherine, I used my Nikon 50mm prime.

    Sorry if it posts multiple times, I'm having trouble with my computer.

  • _psl

    February 4, 2013 09:54 am

  • Kyle W

    February 4, 2013 07:57 am

    Son: http://flic.kr/p/dMcudS

  • vizcsap

    February 4, 2013 07:56 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/vizcsap/8441058710/

  • Stephen Pelletier

    February 4, 2013 04:21 am

    Watch out!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27481485@N00/8440896337/in/set-72157632681123086

  • Michal France

    February 4, 2013 04:17 am

    here are some of mine:

    this one is my favourite, taken on 50mm lens at f1,8 (about 50cm distance) it nicely blued the rock and left a stripe of green to make a contrast to the main subject of little purple bloom

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/90949112@N02/8370684468/in/set-72157632496393468/

    the same setting and the same travels in Pyrenees, just this time it left the shape of one bloom of mountain Lily with the green background

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/90949112@N02/8370702924/in/set-72157632496393468/

    this time I had 24mm lens at it's f2,8 (about 30cm distance), it kept the shape of mountain but smoothly enough to be harmonious with the Iris in foreground

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/90949112@N02/8369626137/in/set-72157632496393468

    Feel free to add your comments!

    Thanks:)

  • blueb3ll

    February 4, 2013 02:50 am

    Green homespun

    http://500px.com/photo/24945589

  • Hugh

    February 4, 2013 02:26 am

    Here's a test shot with a 50mm f/1.4. Tried to post it yesterday, not sure why it didn't work.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lifelover4/8283630375/

  • Nikonian

    February 4, 2013 01:55 am

  • Raksha

    February 4, 2013 01:53 am

    http://500px.com/photo/21239633

  • Jeff E Jensen

    February 4, 2013 01:46 am

    Here's some from yesterday morning, shot while waiting for the fog to clear so we could photograph some Bald Eagles.

    http://jeffejensen.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-little-macro-work.html

  • Phil Baccarella

    February 4, 2013 12:56 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/11218418@N08/8440308479/in/photostream

  • Victoria doran

    February 4, 2013 12:27 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/victoriadoranphoto/8441016786/

    The rest are so good that my poor contribution seems to pale into insignificance. Nevertheless, this will be the first photo I hav existed online for people to see- apart from friends and family on Facebook! Be kind x

  • Yit Ching Li

    February 4, 2013 12:19 am

    flower stem bokeh :)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/92858390@N04/8440207947/in/photostream

  • Stephen Pelletier

    February 3, 2013 11:11 pm

    Having fun with my new 50 mm 1.4 -- lush ground cover.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27481485@N00/8016347069/in/set-72157631605032401/

    Yesterday morning's coffee.
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/27481485@N00/8441147144/in/photostream

  • Kishore Bhargava

    February 3, 2013 10:09 pm

    Took this photo of our neighbours son, a little bit of DoF and a little bit of Bokeh

    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-ZxtquRk88-I/UQ5EcR2Ya5I/AAAAAAAACf8/d-v5nEM1xY8/w473-h314-n-k/_K2B9101_01.JPG

  • Alessio Rota

    February 3, 2013 07:29 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54296162@N06/8439672427

  • Jerome

    February 3, 2013 05:20 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeromejoshualim/8435256273/in/photostream

  • Liisa

    February 3, 2013 01:15 pm

    One I took at Christmas

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/92340999@N04/8438984967/in/photostream

  • tamie

    February 3, 2013 12:23 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/40853769@N08/7410436918/ my rose

  • tamie

    February 3, 2013 12:22 pm

    http://flic.kr/p/chQqHL i love roses

  • Matt B

    February 3, 2013 10:05 am

    One from Christmas

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/matt_battison/8301638608/in/photostream

  • Todd Ward

    February 3, 2013 09:24 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ward2/3348798709/in/set-72157630243518046/

  • Nicholas Barnes

    February 3, 2013 06:10 am

    Bokeh Photography Challenge.

    http://500px.com/photo/24836785

  • Kevin

    February 3, 2013 05:23 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/73481282@N04/6839213539/in/photostream/

  • marcos loyola

    February 3, 2013 04:45 am

    Here are a few more bokeh from my archive

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mloyolarivera/5301909540/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mloyolarivera/5694565126/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mloyolarivera/5148723537/

  • marcos loyola

    February 3, 2013 04:16 am

    Here is one from yesterday

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/mloyolarivera/8437702733/

  • inkid

    February 3, 2013 03:38 am

    share some of my bokeh shot... :)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/inkid/7589028934/

  • Gary Paakkonen

    February 3, 2013 03:03 am

    http://www.garypaakkonen.com/Category/Morris-and-Kathy-Wedding/i-jJWnccq/6/X3/20111008-_GPP9804-X3.jpg

    Wineglass with sunlight Bokeh poking through the background trees

  • Gary Paakkonen

    February 3, 2013 03:02 am

  • Marcy

    February 3, 2013 02:29 am

    The tips really helped. I focused in on the head of a knitting needle, and the multi-colored yarn is out of focus in the background:

    http://www.tootimidandsqueamish.com/2013/02/knitting-needles/

  • AJ

    February 3, 2013 01:12 am

    Here's one!

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/34289457@N08/8437245433/

  • Ronnie Orpiada

    February 3, 2013 12:54 am

    Black pepper
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/23939213@N05/8438283606/in/photostream

  • Mihai

    February 3, 2013 12:12 am

    https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=401861976492162&set=a.397686320243061.100752.100000050895599&type=3&theater

  • DyaDyo Sadim

    February 2, 2013 08:31 pm

    Hand Rail
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/dyads_pix/8408391197/' title='railing' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8214/8408391197_dbb6f7504b_c.jpg']

  • sharmaB

    February 2, 2013 07:44 pm

    In focus is my two month old kid's first toy...

    http://learninghowtoshot.blogspot.in/2013/02/bokeh.html

  • sharmaB

    February 2, 2013 07:37 pm

    In focus is my two month old baby's first toy...

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/sharmab/8437772252/' title='Harsh Sharma' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8510/8437772252_ec97d6abe5.jpg']

  • Matt Cicanese

    February 2, 2013 07:07 pm


    Click to see larger.

  • DyaDyo Sadim

    February 2, 2013 06:28 pm

    Here is Mine in Hand Rail

  • Scottc

    February 2, 2013 04:11 pm

    Love that Bokeh! Some great photos in the replies.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/lendog64/7810551984/

  • Jeremy

    February 2, 2013 03:39 pm

    Here’s one, too. An oak leaf and a skateboard

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/92821358@N03/8436305369/' title='Oak Leaf' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8189/8436305369_e7036af971.jpg']

  • Jeremy

    February 2, 2013 03:33 pm

    Here's one, too. An oak leaf and a skateboard

  • Bryan Born

    February 2, 2013 02:34 pm

    My First weekly challenge submission! Go Bokeh!!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/87012746@N06/8436221585/in/photostream
    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/87012746@N06/8437309982/' title='Marks Budda-620w' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8225/8437309982_ba5cb46c74.jpg']

  • Steven Cornelli

    February 2, 2013 01:51 pm

    Here's mine:

    https://picasaweb.google.com/115871043317291667263/Bokeh#5840178799039603938

  • Patrick Chondon

    February 2, 2013 01:33 pm

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chondon/7218199284/in/set-72157632664980473/

  • Patrick Chondon

    February 2, 2013 01:33 pm

    Camera: Nikon D700
    Exposure: 1/8000 sec
    Aperture: f/1.8
    Focal Length: 50 mm
    ISO Speed: 200
    Exposure Bias: 0 EV

  • Jack Foster Mancilla

    February 2, 2013 01:31 pm

    http://www.thelenslord.com/Professional/Flowers/8757559_VX7JzW#!i=2345652098&k=7dGvVr7&lb=1&s=A

  • Sita

    February 2, 2013 01:01 pm

    A Portrait + Bokeh one: http://goo.gl/9yFek

  • Sita

    February 2, 2013 01:01 pm

    Here's one:
    http://goo.gl/PlrRp

  • Kyle W

    February 2, 2013 11:57 am

    Son about to go for a carnival ride

  • Luis Povoa

    February 2, 2013 09:53 am

    Here's mine, from christmas : http://500px.com/photo/21284411

  • William

    February 2, 2013 09:37 am

    Why are there always posts of photos that people have taken weeks and months prior to to the "Weekly Challenge". I thoughtthe whole point is to go out and discover new things, ideas, AND photos. Just saying you should not post a photo unless it meets the criteria of the subject matter AND the week of the challenge only. I have many photos I don't post because they were before the Weekly Challenge date.

  • JodyO

    February 2, 2013 09:28 am

    [eimg link='http://www.flickr.com/photos/jodyophoto/8436596442/' title='_DSC3375' url='http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8358/8436596442_71be4410c0.jpg']

  • yuseneotype

    February 2, 2013 09:28 am

    Mine's here: http://500px.com/photo/24803493

  • Stephen Abraham

    February 2, 2013 08:11 am

    [eimg url='http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-gvcD8DuYa1c/UQeyTbzHGrI/AAAAAAAADkI/PPWuAxuwlzE/s1600/SEA_1643b.jpg' title='SEA_1643b.jpg']

  • Murali Krishna Kanagala

    February 2, 2013 08:08 am

    https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/g1cv3-2_GdKUwrOnLJlDg9MTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0?feat=directlink

  • Alessio Rota

    February 2, 2013 08:08 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/54296162@N06/8423655131

  • Alessio Rota

    February 2, 2013 08:06 am

    Carl Zeiss Flektogon 35mm f2.8 on Fuji X pro 1

  • ShaopengPitt

    February 2, 2013 08:06 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/47894230@N06/8288961669/in/photostream

  • Martin Bager

    February 2, 2013 07:57 am

    http://fotogarage.smugmug.com/Category/Poles-in-sorrow-April-2010/i-CxGQQDH/0/L/Poland%2C%20Krakow.%20April%2010.%202010%20Smolensk%20planecrash.%20Mourning%20the%20loss%20of%20President%20and%2096%20notabilities.%20foto%20Martin%20Bager.-4119151-L.jpg

  • Mike Griffin

    February 2, 2013 07:54 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/87023332@N07/8436557954/

  • doug durham

    February 2, 2013 07:46 am

    http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7250/7640374424_af38fd0c0e_c.jpg

  • Mike Griffin

    February 2, 2013 07:42 am

    Here's mine http://www.flickr.com/photos/87023332@N07/8436527386/

  • Subhra Kar

    February 2, 2013 07:36 am

    Jewellery:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/subhrakar/8418131728/in/photostream/

  • Chetan K Jain

    February 2, 2013 07:35 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/chetankjain/8436501686/lightbox/

  • joshi daniel

    February 2, 2013 07:15 am

    Mine: http://joshidaniel.com/2012/05/06/187/

  • FranciscoReis

    February 2, 2013 06:35 am

    Here's one!

    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=236114463154172&set=a.236110803154538.49491.236091716489780&type=3&theater

  • Guigphotography

    February 2, 2013 06:29 am

    Must be one of the most fun things to do with a camera!
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/69604456@N07/8323256482/in/photostream

  • Krste

    February 2, 2013 06:28 am

    Here is one:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/krste83/7211708010/in/photostream/

  • Lukasz

    February 2, 2013 06:25 am

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/bazlo/8131012548/in/set-72157631652147731/

  • Ben

    February 2, 2013 06:22 am

    My daughters first Christmas tree (which we finally took down :-)[eimg url='http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-_ml64lrq7Po/UMwaDjD5f2I/AAAAAAAABXM/gAX_SQkelXw/s1600/IMG_4325.JPG' title='IMG_4325.JPG']

  • Seb

    February 2, 2013 06:15 am

    Wildlife :
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/49749846@N07/8436339110/

  • laszlo nagy

    February 2, 2013 05:56 am

    bokeh tree :)
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/86587976@N02/8295987375/in/set-72157632311245168/

  • Tom O'Connor

    February 2, 2013 05:49 am

    Here's one:

    http://taustinoconnor.zenfolio.com/p1059186552/e3bd85675

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